Joe Biden was left speechless as Donald Trump took “full responsibility” for the US coronavirus response which has killed more than 221,000 Americans.
Both presidential candidates’ microphones were muted until it is their turn to speak in the final debate after constant interruptions turned their first encounter into a farce.
But the Democrat’s facial expressions to the Republican President’s claims during the face-off in Nashville, Tennessee, are speaking a thousand words.
The former Vice President under Barack Obama has taken little time to attack Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,” Biden said.
Trump defended his approach to the outbreak and claimed the worst of the pandemic was in the past.
“We’re rounding the corner,” said Trump, who has played down the virus for months. “It’s going away.”
The President has continually blamed China for the virus reaching the US – no more so than tonight – claiming Biden and the Democrats accused him of xenophobia for closing the borders with China in March.
Biden denied this and said the borders should have been closed sooner and that it didn’t take away from Trump’s response to the virus, accusing him of failing to take responsibility for the US sitting top in the world for cases and deaths.
“Excuse me, I take full responsibility,” Trump said – with Biden’s face a picture of bewilderment.
“It’s not my fault that it came here, it’s China’s fault,” said the President. “And you know what? It’s not Joe’s fault that it came here either.
“It’s China’s fault.”
He said the Chinese government prevented the virus from spreading to much of the rest of the country after the break out in Wuhan, but failed to stop it spreading to other countries.
And viewers are loving Biden’s facial expressions.
Ben Williams wrote on Twitter : “Thing I am enjoying most about tonight’s debate is Biden’s facial reactions to Trump.”
“The best part of this debate are Biden’s reactions to Trump’s buffoonery,” added another.
A third said: “Biden doesn’t need to interrupt vocally when he has the constant reactions of bewilderment across his face.”